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22 March 2019

Illustration project in collaboration with Mercabarna

Students of Applied Illustration, a subject in the 4th year of the Bachelor’s Degree in Design, led by Jordi Duró, are working, in collaboration with Mercabarna, on a project managed by Bildi Grafiks.

On 5 March, they were able to enter the Mercabarna facilities to illustrate live the atmosphere of the everyday life of the complex. A selection of the images to emerge will be included in an annual publication of Barcelona’s food city.

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21 March 2019

Bàrbara Castro, former EINA student, prize-winner at the Bologna Book Fair

Bàrbara Castro, former EINA student, tells us of her experience of how her professional life has taken various turns since having studied graphic design at EINA. Recently her publishing project ¡A dormir, gatitos!) won an award at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2019 in the Toddler category.


Many congratulations for your prize at the Bologna Book Fair! How did you feel?

Very surprised by the award, and especially very grateful to them for having considered a book that’s different from the usual books for early childhood. Since then, happy and thrilled by the possible projects that may open up for me from now on.

What are you working on at the moment?

Two years ago, I decided to have a change and go into teaching, specifically secondary school teaching. After the training needed to get into it, right now I’m getting into my classes at the same time as progressing in my career as an illustrator. With the recent publication of my first book as an author, “A dormir, gatets!”, I’m fully into promoting and publicising it at the same time as working with the publisher on a second book that’s about to come out. Parallel to this, I’m looking for moments in which to take on a new illustrated album project I’ve got in mind.

When you finished your course at EINA, what were your first steps professionally speaking?

I began my career as a graphic designer in the EINA publications department. I set up the department, putting into practice the new visual identity created by Amèrica Sànchez, another learning opportunity, and with the great fortune that I found myself very well accepted in the context of the school.

What has been your professional pathway since leaving EINA?

After a year working at EINA, I joined the Grafica studio, with Pablo Martín. Taking into account the years I spent at the school, Grafica was my second important learning experience in the design and communication world, at the same time as my own personal stamp was being forged. Five years later, I left the studio to go travelling in Latin America, which was a turning point in my career. On returning, I began studying illustration at the Escola de la Dona, a discipline I subsequently combined with graphic design under the La Bàrbara stamp. Years later, my profession has turned completely to illustration, primarily with a view towards children’s publishing, without forgetting my more graphics and communicative aspect.

You retrained not so long ago. What made you do this?

Getting into teaching meant getting up to date in my academic qualifications. The Bachelor’s Degree in Design was the first step. The next was doing the Master’s Degree in Teacher Training, which I completed last year.

What do you most remember about your time at EINA?

The commitment and motivation that studying graphic design alongside great professionals who I admired gave me. Added to that is the setting that the school gave me, such as the nearness to Parc de Collserola and the school’s facilities, and the good dynamics with teachers and classmates (very good friendships that I still have).

What do you think you learned at EINA that you’ve been able to bring as an added value to your work?

A cross-disciplinary vision where communication and the essence of the message prevail over the form of each project. And, above all, interdisciplinarity and intersubjectivity, two very basic aspects in my life.

What are your plans for the future?

To establish ties between teaching and publishing illustration, two worlds with great points in common. Being part of the education of our teenagers is a great professional and personal challenge for me. And taking this path, at the same time as establishing my career as a children’s book illustrator, fills me with enormous satisfaction!

Bàrbara Castro Urio
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20 March 2019

Presentation of ADAW / LLUM. Constructing futures through a social design process

The presentation of the ADAW / LLUM project, at the Design Museum, featured the institutional presence of the Design Museum, with Pilar Vélez, and of the Adsis Foundation and EINA. Both the users of the Adsis Foundation and the Design Methodologies students explained how the collaboration project was undertaken and what the results were, both in the form of objects and, especially, of learning in all directions.


ADAW / LLUM is a temporary installation of 18 lamps that marks the culmination of a creation, education and design project resulting from the collaboration between EINA, the Adsis Foundation and the Design Museum. This is an initiative in which a group of 20 young Adsis Foundation users, students on Design Methodologies, led by Anna Majó, and the Education Service team at the Museum have explored, through practice, design as a tool for learning and for transforming the environment.

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19 March 2019

Presentation of the results of the collaboration of the Master in Design of Spaces with the UAB

After signing an agreement with the Autonomous University of Barcelona for the remodelling of the spaces of the South entrance, the Master in Design of Spaces, in collaboration with the Architecture and Logistics Department of the UAB, presented its results on 18 March.

Based on their interaction with the students of the Faculty of Biosciences, the students explained three space design proposals, led by the teachers on the master’s course, in collaboration with the Architecture and Logistics Department of the UAB.

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18 March 2019

Presentation of the book "How a Book is Made", by Enric Jardí, at EINA

As part of the EINA Postgraduate in Photography and Editorial Design, Enric Jardí, coordinator of the Master's in Advanced Typography, will offer a behind-the-scenes look at his latest book "How a Book is Made".


Why should we set a book in Roman letters? And why not? Why should we justify the lines? Can we justify them to the left? And the margins? Do they have to be equal or unequal? Do they have to be wide or narrow? Can we start a chapter on a left-hand page? Why not?

Así se hace uno libro (That's How a Book is Made) sets out to answer these and many other questions. It explains why books have acquired their current form and how we can continue to make them in the twenty-first century. It isn’t a manual of rules, but an exploration of each element of the paper book, which has become a reading artefact that is hard to improve on.

This text has been designed for anyone interested in graphic design, publishing and books in general: from those who give form to text as design professionals and lovers, to those who write them or devote themselves to publishing a work, as authors, editors or proofreaders.

"Así se hace un libro", by Enric Jardí
12 March 2019

Mònica Roselló and Jordi Guillumet on the Postgraduate Diploma in Photography and Editorial Design

As part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Photography and Editorial Design, Mònica Roselló and Jordi Guillumet gave a talk on their way of working and the projects that they have worked on together, such as L'Armari de l'Arquitecte, La vista renuncia/ Arquigrafies, Tabula Rasa, Ten Visions, Objecte d'observació and Otoño (Canal +).


Mònica Roselló and Jordi Guillumet are photographers who work in the artistic, professional and teaching field. Since 1996, they have worked on a number of projects together, parallel to their individual work.

The centres of interest of their joint projects are based on constant reflection on the mechanisms of perception, the representation of spaces and architecture, simulation, memory and recall as an image generator, the value of the object in the imaginary, etc. These interests are distilled through various exhibition devices. Many of them are installations where you can discover their work process as part of the piece.

They have had numerous exhibitions of their work at home and abroad, and their pieces can be found in various national and international collections.

Mònica Roselló + Jordi Guillumet
11 March 2019

Exhibition: "A Year at EINA”

“A Year at EINA” is an exhibition that showcases the productions created by EINA as a university school training design professionals and new creators, as well as the creations that it produces in its role as an institution eager to contribute to the enrichment of the city’s cultural life.

EINA students undertake real projects in cooperation with institutions and companies, and they take part in national and international fairs, prizes and competitions, which enables them to have a clear awareness of everything related to the design sector. In addition, both students and teachers, in their academic activities, fill the city of Barcelona with design: lectures, round tables, book presentations, exhibitions...

These activities add to the students’ experience, which enriches their learning and turns them into professional designers with the ability to take on challenges with a mature and critical spirit.

"Un any a EINA" exhibition
11 March 2019

Award by the Banc Sabadell Foundation and Anfaco-Cecopesca to Javi Fernández

Javier Fernández, former student on the EINA Bachelor’s Degree in Design,has won the first Anfaco award on its 115th anniversary.

The Banc Sabadell Foundation and Anfaco-Cecopesca presented him with the award for his proposed poster to mark 115 years of the National Conserves Manufacturers Association under the slogan “Cata la lata” [Taste the Tin].

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7 March 2019

Prize-winning illustrations in the collaboration with Jamboree

On 1 March, the illustration prizes of the first edition of the collaboration with Jamboree were awarded.

The commission consisted of asking EINA students to think of a space renovation project that framed the bar in the club based on a graphic intervention proposal for the space. The proposals were tutored by Jordi Duró, on the Bachelor’s Degree in Design, and José Luis Merino, on the Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Illustration and Visual Communication Techniques.


A jury comprised of Josep Bagà, Manel Rubiales, Oriol Pibernat and Joan Mas + Carme Saltó (from the Mas i Mas group) awarded the prizes to the following proposals:

  • 1st prize:
    Pamela Calero and Marcela Perrone - € 2,000 + free admission for concerts and to the club for 1 year + application of the proposal to the bar area.

  • 2nd prize:
    Guillem Arderius - Free admission for concerts and to the club for 1 year + application of the proposal to the dance area.

  • 3rd prize:
    Maria Queraltó - Free admission for concerts and to the club for 1 year + application of the proposal to an area in the club.


All of the prize-winning proposals are students on the Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Illustration and Visual Communication Techniques](https://www.eina.cat/ca/postgraus/diplomatura-de-postgrau-illustracio-creativa-i-tecniques-de-comunicacio-visual).

The competition will be repeated every year, in line with the EINA - Jamboree collaboration agreement.

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6 March 2019

Dani Rubio Arauna interviewed by Gràffica

Dani Rubio Arauna, former student and teacher of Properties and Uses of New Materials for Design on the Bachelor’s Degree in Design, talks to Gràffica&mc_cid=b6ae110264&mc_eid=eb2a2d9379) about his career in the field of graphics in space and about his forthcoming participation in the Festival Día D.

Dani Rubio Arauna by Elena Claverol
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1 March 2019

The Final Bachelor's Degree Projects by Natàlia Pàmies and Carlos Álvarez-Valdés selected for the GaudeamusProjecta Awards

The Final Bachelor's Degree Projects by Natàlia Pàmies, SOROR, and Carlos Álvarez-Valdés, LINEAL, are among the 24 projects selected for the GaudeamusProjecta Awards, organised by the Official Graphic Design Association of Catalonia.

The second edition of these awards has featured 54 projects from over 23 centres of education (100% of the university graphic design schools in Spain), embracing nine communities, and with a jury made up of 48 design, teaching and research professionals and association members.

The awards will be presented on the afternoon of 28 March at the Institute for Catalan Studies. In the morning, the selected participants will present their projects as part of Graphispag.

SOROR, by Natàlia Pàmies
28 February 2019

“Noctulica” at Llum Bcn Poblenou

On 15 and 17 February, a number of Design of Ephemeral Spaces students, in the 2nd year of the Bachelor’s Degree in Design, presented “Noctulica” at the SIMON Showroom, as part of LlumBcn Poblenou.

The students taking part in this project, tutored by Judit Colomer, are: Vicente Akira, Mercè Boncompte, Pol Capdevila, Núria Carrascal, Ana Habash, Anaïs Llop, Oriol Pinell and Maria Vicente.

26 February 2019

"Colorín Coloradas", exhibition of children’s and teenagers’ illustration

Colorín Coloradas is the exhibition of 22 illustrators who are finishing the Specialisation Course in Illustration for Children's and Teenagers' Publications at EINA. It’s a story that’s ending, to take us on to a new start, just as a child responds enthusiastically and anxiously to “colorín colorado” (“they all lived happily ever after”) by starting reading again with a new book they’ve opened. Or to reread for the thousandth time the same book they’ve just finished.


Telling stories is something we all do as we’re all able to visualise, illustrate and bring colour to the things that emerge from our imagination. Even the question “how did I end up reading that?” invites us on a narrative journey that involves constructing and retouching the world around us, offering us the chance to think up other possible realities and colour them! An act that enables us to show who we are, while at the same time, hide ourselves away. What did we show and what do we keep to ourselves? What do we exalt and what do we leave in silence?

As the saying goes... “Give it some colour!” Or maybe, “not so much”.

In illustrating, we’re free to take our work to the point we want to. Although at all times thinking of our readers, low in age but high in imagination. How do we place ourselves at their level? We use images to show the subjectivity of the emotions and thoughts we all share... and we seek to connect with our readers and their innocent gaze.


With the collaboration of Sumarroca and Cruzcampo

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26 February 2019

ADAW/LLUM. Building futures through a social design process

  • Thursday 28 February
  • 10 am to 8 pm
  • At 1 pm, presentation of the project by the participating young people and institutions
  • Floor -1 of the Design Museum, Barcelona


ADAW / LLUM is a temporary installation of 18 lamps that marks the culmination of a creation, education and design project resulting from the collaboration between EINA, the Adsis Foundation and the Design Museum. This is an initiative in which a group of 20 young Adsis Foundation users, students on Design Methodologies, led by Anna Majó, and the Education Service team at the Museum have explored, through practice, design as a tool for learning and for transforming the environment.

The ADAW / LLUM project has revolved around this group of young immigrants who are or have been in the care of the Administration and who receive training and mentoring under the Skills Activation Service of the Adsis Foundation to help them enter the job market. Within this framework, the students on the EINA Bachelor’s Degree in Design have teamed up with them to establish work dynamics based on horizontal processes and collaboration. The Museum has made knowledge of the heritage available to the group, which has acted as a starting point and source of inspiration.

The lamps, which will go on display, have been created on the basis of criteria of functionality, identity and sustainability and are the end result of a whole process of months of diverse learning by all the participants. For the young people, it has been a work of self-knowledge and discovery of creative and manual skills, for the students a reflection on their role as designers and on design as a conveyor of knowledge, and for the Museum a commitment as a place for learning and knowledge of design as a tool for social change.

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25 February 2019

Three finalist teams in the “Best Design of the Year” competition

The FAD, with the collaboration of the Design Museum, has selected [three finalists for the competition to create the design, montage and graphic campaign of the “Best Design of the Year”(https://fad.cat/en/news/2233/tres-equips-finalistes-al-concurs-el-millor-disseny-de-lany) exhibition.

From the 18 multidisciplinary teams that submitted, comprised of space and/or product design, graphic design and visual communication professionals, the jury has selected the following tandems:

The best design of the year
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